The passing of Honorable Karma Dhondup, father of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

Nalandabodhi learned the somber news that Honorable Karma Dhondup, the father of His Holiness 17th Karmapa, passed away on 23 May 2024. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche shared the news that day with the sangha who gathered to observe Saga Dawa Düchen. 

Rinpoche expressed sadness regarding Honorable Karma Dhondup’s passing, and also pointed out the sacredness of his having passed on the anniversary of the Buddha’s parinirvana; Rinpoche indicated that this is surely a sign of the high character and merit of His Holiness’s father.

Honorable Karma Dhondup, father of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

In observation of the passing of Honorable Karma Dhondup, Rinpoche and the lamas began offering the Vajrasattva Sadhana Puja and prayers right upon hearing the sad news. The wider Nalandabodhi sangha will gather together for prayers in the coming days.

The Nalandabodhi teachers, administrators, and members offer our sincere condolences to His Holiness Karmapa and family, along with prayers for his esteemed father’s smooth transition to pure and boundless opportunities, fulfilling his dharma wishes for the benefit of all.

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